Last Comic Standing 2 finalist dating show judge, previous contestant Rich Vos.

Last Comic Standing 2 finalist dating show judge, previous contestant Rich Vos.
One of the finalists on Last Comic Standing 2 is dating one of the first-round judges. Bonnie McFarlane is “dating one of the judges from the first round, Rich Vos, with whom she ‘spontaneously’ banters during judging in the first episode,” Jami Attenberg writes on her blog. Vos is the established comedian who appeared on the first season of the show. She also points out that the first few episodes were “so clearly set up,” and “these comedians, they really make the worst actors. And the editing, and the logic–it just feels fixed.” For example, “obviously they asked ringers to perform in smaller towns rather than in their homebase of Los Angeles or New York.” Set up or not, the first episodes last week were extremely popular. In the Washington Post, Lisa de Moraes writes that “nearly 11 million viewers tuned in to the second episode of this NBC reality series’s second edition last Wednesday. That’s a best-ever for the franchise.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.